Audition Information

Undergraduate—BM Voice Performance, BME Choral, BA Vocal Emphasis

Graduate—MM Voice Performance, D.M.A. Voice Performance and Pedagogy

  •  Schedule an audition by going to the future students tab.  You must fill out the online registration for the audition date that will fit your schedule.
  • If none of the scheduled dates will accommodate your schedule, please email Dr. Maryann Kyle, Maryann.Kyle@usm.edu, to set up an audition date.

One component of the application process for a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi is a Candidacy Audition. The requirements for both the M.M and D.M.A. are listed below. Please bring with you to your audition a list of the repertoire you will be performing (four copies).

Voice Performance: Master of Music

A CD or DVD submission will satisfy preliminary expectations, but before completing nine hours of graduate work, the student must also sing for a faculty committee and fulfill the requirements below.

Voice performance majors must demonstrate, by audition (1) advanced vocal technique; (2) good diction in Italian, French, German, and English; and (3) good vocal quality and musicianship. The repertoire must be memorized and include (1) an aria from an opera or oratorio; (2) a 17th or 18th century Italian song or aria; (3) a German Lied; (4) a French Mélodie; and (5) a song in English.

Further, the student’s transcript must show grades of C or better in two years of foreign language (any combination of two of the following: German, French, and Italian) and at least one course in diction for singers. Students lacking these will be required to pass these courses in addition to the requirements for the degree. In lieu of coursework, satisfactory performance on language exams, administered by the Southern Miss Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, is acceptable.

Voice Performance: Doctor of Musical Arts Degree

Voice performance majors must demonstrate, by audition (1) advanced vocal technique; (2) good diction in Italian, French, German, and English; and (3) good vocal quality and musicianship. The repertoire must be memorized and include a total of eight (8) contrasting selections—two selections in Italian, French, German, and English—and must include (1) one but no more than two arias from an opera or oratorio; (2) a 17th or 18th century Italian song or aria; (3) a German Lied; (4) a French Mélodie; and (5) a song in English. A minimum of four (4) pieces will be heard at your audition.

Special requirement, Voice Performance: The student’s transcript must grades of C or better in two years of foreign language (any combination of two of the following: German, French, and Italian) and at least one course in diction for singers. Students lacking these will be required to pass these courses in addition to the requirements for the degree. In lieu of coursework, satisfactory performance on language exams, administered by the Southern Miss Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, is acceptable. Also, the student’s transcript must show a solo recital at the Master of Music level. Students lacking this requirement are expected to complete an additional solo recital to complete the degree.